I had 32 blocks left from the Crazy Quilt of my last post. I wanted this one to be larger and different.

I chose to use some black “sashing” to accentuate the blocks. “Sashing” is basically cutting 3″ strips of black fabric scraps and framing the blocks like window panes.

It’s a fun and mindless endeavor. I didn’t even know what it was called until recently. A quilt shop owner said “Oh, I like your sashing”.  And I was like ….. ” Uh, thanks (so….. that’s what it’s called).”

Here is the quilt top with Tiger-Kitty ready to pounce.

 I swear, these cats only give my about a minute and a half to take a picture before they are swinging off my quilts on the close line.

By the way. Just for the record. This close line has probably been in this back yard for 50 years.

I just want to make it perfectly clear. That I have never, ever, ever hung laundry on it.

(Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

I was raised in suburbia, in the 50’s and 60’s. My mother was really into the modern conveniences like electric dryers. 

I digress.  I didn’t have enough black fabric in my stash for the backing. No other color seemed right. Given the fact that I live 90 miles from a fabric store and I have OCD about finishing projects RIGHT NOW, ……..  I did the “unthinkable” again.

I went to Walmart.  Yes, that’s right, I went to Walmart. I said it. (I bought the batting there, too).

I have learned one lesson for my future OCD treatment.  I sacrificed a little quality.  Enough said.

I really haven’t figured out batting yet.  Or machine quilting either. I’m kind of winging it. I used the old fashioned, conditioned method of buying a few books to learn more.  Then I had a light-bulb moment.  Sometimes I forget about the power of the internet. I can’t help it. I went to college in the 70’s. I took my CPA exam with pencil and paper. Not even a calculator.


Through the magic of the Internet,  I discovered Craftsy.com  .  I bought an inexpensive, in-depth class on Machine Quilting and Free-Motion Quilting taught by Wendy Butler Burns.

Now, I’m “Cookin’. ………..  with gas.

I finished the quilt, before I finished the course.

I’m in love with this art form.

I could sew these red “fiber-doodles” on black fabric forever and ever amen. It’s meditative.


Could not help myself.  I had to sign it.

Love,  Cowgirl Red    aka  Terah

P.S.  It is for sale. It measures 84 X 44

 


Yay Team!

 

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Comments

  1. It would be wonderful as a stained glass window in a very large catherdral. I don’t blame you for signing it!! What a lot of work…fantastic!
    Gwen xx

  2. Love the crazy quilts ~ Awesome creations ~thanks, namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

    Might you consider my Magical Monday blog hop at A Creative Harbor? thanks, carol ^_^

  3. Your crazy quilt is outstanding…..fabulous! By the sounds of it, once you get going, you’re a woman on a mission and there’s no stopping you. I wish I had some of your energy!

    Happy AEDM,
    Serena

  4. Terah! Another beautiful, striking quilt! So that’s what you’ve been up to–LOL! I guess you are figuring out this new website.

    Now I have a picture of cats hanging from your quilts every time you hang them on the clothesline. (How could they resist!) We had a clothesline for a short period of time when I was really small…and a wringer washer!! I remember being scared to death of that wringer washer (but loved watching the process from a safe distance) because of my mother’s tales of fingers and hands getting crushed in the wringer!

    I always love to see a new post from you!! :):)

  5. The fiber doodles go perfectly with the quilt squares! You must have been very busy getting all of that done!!!!! That is the best use of a clothes line I have seen a very long time (I’m with your mom about the dryer).

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Terah. I have been enjoying your quilting. I have started one myself. Like you I have no idea what I am doing. It is fun though. Love the “sashing”. I wish I had an old line to hang my quilt top on to take a picture of it. I am gonna try free motion quilting too. Zoom….

  7. Love, love, love this beautiful dramatic quilt, as well as your colorful website. I love red, too. Thanks for stopping by to comment on my zentangle work. If you are interested in learning, go to this website: http://tanglepatterns.com/. Lots of tutorials there. Happy Creating, Girlie. 🙂

  8. Teresa Farrar says:

    Looks good, I can’t wait to get back to my studio this really makes me miss it. Maybe in a month or so I can get back to quilting.

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